|Full name||Albert Cornelius Besselink|
|Born||June 30, 1923|
Merchantville, New Jersey
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||220 lb (100 kg; 16 st)|
|Spouse||Jo Ann Stillwagon|
|College||University of Miami|
|Former tour(s)|| PGA Tour |
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||T3: 1952|
|PGA Championship||T33: 1956, 1957, 1964|
|U.S. Open||T6: 1951|
|The Open Championship||DNP|
Albert Cornelius Besselink (born June 30, 1923)is a retired American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour in the 1950s and 1960s.
Besselink grew up in Merchantville, New Jersey.He attended the University of Miami and was the first UM golfer to win a national tournament. He won the Southern Intercollegiate Championship twice before graduating in 1949. He turned pro later that year.
Besselink won five PGA Tour events including the inaugural Tournament of Champions in 1953. The field was made up of 20 professionals, all tournament winners in the prior twelve months. With a six-foot par putt on the 18th hole, he finished with a 280, beating Chandler Harper by one stroke. Besselink was paid off with a wheelbarrow filled with silver dollars. He also had bet $500 on himself at 25 to 1, earning another $12,500.Because he had just heard that Babe Zaharias had been diagnosed with cancer he donated half of his $10,000 first prize to the Damon Runyon Cancer Fund. Besselink and Zaharias had won the International Two-Ball Championship at Orlando in February 1952.
He was called "Bessie" by the other tour players and was known for living life with a gambler's recklessness and a showman's flair.One famous example of his showmanship occurred during the third round of the 1965 Colonial National Invitation in Fort Worth when Besselink played the final four holes of his third round with a red rose—plucked from a bush at the 15th hole—between his teeth. Afterward, Besselink said the gesture was a nod to the "loveliness of Texas women in general and Fort Worth women in particular." The next day, locker room attendants presented Besselink with 50 roses sent by female fans.
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of|
|1||Jul 27, 1952||Sioux City Open||−22 (65-70-67-64=266)||4 strokes|
|2||Apr 26, 1953||Tournament of Champions||−8 (72-68-68-72=280)||1 stroke|
|3||May 26, 1957||Kansas City Open||−9 (70-67-67-75=279)||3 strokes|
|4||Dec 1, 1957||Venezuela Open||−1 (70-67-69-73=279)||Playoff|
|5||Mar 30, 1964||Azalea Open||−6 (70-65-72-75=282)||1 stroke|
Note: Besselink never played in The Open Championship.
WD = withdrew
R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = round in which player lost in PGA Championship match play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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